Storytelling Festival Attracts Hundreds to Campus
On Wednesday, April 4, St. John Fisher College’s Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education and Lavery Library hosted the 14th Annual Rochester School Library System Storytelling Festival. Over 200 people attended the event, where Rochester students in grades 3 through 8 competed through storytelling.
Students and their families, local librarians, Rochester City School District School Library System Librarians, and Fisher literacy students, faculty, and librarians all gathered to hear the traditional folk tales that the students spent weeks reading and learning to prepare for the event. Storytellers were divided by grade level, and there were three judges for each grade level.
As a special treat, professional storyteller, Koketso Ferreira, performed and presented the winners with their awards at the end of the evening.
"It is inspiring to see the level of success possible when students receive family and school support," said Sharon Christman, Visiting Instructor, School of Education. "Enthusiasm and sheer enjoyment were in the air all evening as the students, their families, and school librarians, along with Fisher pre-service teachers and faculty, celebrated each student's hard work and talent."
Funding for the festival was made possible through a grant from the Center for Community Engagement at St. John Fisher College.